April 18, 2011
Page 2 Book 5: The War Diaries
Whilst heavily distracted at Anicom yesterday evening, I managed to get this done. Simplistic, I know, but should get the point across.
Sometimes you need simple things to get complex ideas across, really.
Within my system of magic, coming up with the hitherto-unknown realm of summoning rituals was a tad tricky. In more traditional systems, the elements of rituals are used to generate the magic needed, with magic inks, spell phrases, and various objects, usually with some association with the individual to be summoned. But in my system, that is hardly the case, since only living souls can generate magic by virtue of their Incarnum composition, which threw me about a bit in trying to figure out how rituals could work as normally writ.
Then I realised: It is specifically a spellcaster’s brain that creates magic effects.
Therefore, the articles of a ritual are actually rather baseless and needless, much like the verbal or somatic components of spells that can be eschewed entirely by an experienced spellcaster. So here they function not so much to actually summon Dalmosh, but to get Lorna’s brain in the right scheme of mind to create the summoning effect.
Well, except for the feast, that much is needed because Dalmosh, as one may have guessed by the incantation, is very much about eating things.
Not sure when page 3 will be out, it may or may not replace page 4 as the release this coming Monday, my Twitter feed should keep you all appraised of things, amidst its many varied ramblings.